Nitroglycerin bang

A drop of nitroglycerin explodes from impact

Scientific name: Nitroglycerin explodes from impact

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Safety

Wear lab gloves and eye protection. There will be an explosion - keep a safe distance.

Always follow general safety recommendations. Please note that conducting chemistry experiments you must comply with the relevant legal procedures in your country.

Reaction formula

4 C3H5(ONO2)3 → 12 CO2+ 10 H2O + 6 N2 + O2

Reagents

  1. Nitroglycerin

Step-by-step instruction

WARNING! This experiment is dangerous! You should NOT perform this at home. ONLY carry out this experiment, if you are a trained chemist, and you understand local safety and legal requirements, which are required to perform such experiments

  1. Put a piece of paper on an anvil.
  2. Very carefully put a few drops of nitroglycerin on the piece of paper.
  3. Strike the paper with a hammer. An explosion will occur.

Scientific background

Nitroglycerin is a very unstable substance, and it can explode at strike or friction. Because of this it is very dangerous to store and to transport nitroglycerin.

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Published on 14 September 2015

  • Fire
  • Heating with fire
  • Explosion
  • Poisoned gas
  • Organic
  • Electricity
  • Solution
  • Oxidation reduction
  • Color change
  • Precipitate
  • Gassing
  • Catalyst